HCBA Announces a Full Spring Season of Seminars for Homeowners

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 03, 2015

The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) has released its full Spring 2015 Seminar Series schedulenow open for online registration:

Bungalow Maintenance 101

Join Sustainability and Historic Preservation Consultant Carla Bruni to learn about typical materials, mechanical systems, as well as common maintenance issues in your Chicago bungalow. Learn how to improve the value of your bungalow and prolong its life by reducing energy usage, assessing or completing simple repairs and regular maintenance tasks, and gaining the basic vocabulary essential for talking to contractors.

Date/Time: Monday, February 2, 6:00pm

Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Thursday, February 26, 6:30pm

Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

From Doors to Floors: Restoring Wood Interiors

Join Araceli Perez from Peter’s Wood Refinishing to learn basics on how to bring wood interiors back to their original glory by refinishing your woodwork. The focus will be on how to prep your walls, floors, and doorways before stripping your woodwork; removing your trim versus stripping it onsite; and tips on how to strip and refinish your woodwork.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 5, 6:00pm

Location (North): Roden Library, 6083 N Northwest Hwy, 60631

Date/Time: Monday, February 9, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

New! Homeowner Panel: Big Ideas for Small Kitchen Spaces

Join a special panel of 4-5 HCBA members as they talk about their experience renovating their Chicago bungalow kitchens within the existing footprint of the home. Gain valuable insight as they share and discuss their project, including budget, scope of work, contractor/architects used, challenges, solutions, struggles and lessons learned. This presentation will include plenty of before, during and after photos to compliment the individual projects. At the end of the panel, a Q&A session will be held to answer questions you may have. This special homeowner panel will give you the insight to get your project started on the right foot.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 11, 6:00pm

Location (South): Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th St, 60643

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 31, 6:30pm

Location (North): Welles Park Fieldhouse, 2333 W Sunnyside Ave, 60625

Simple Estate Planning

Join us to learn about the basics of estate planning. Find out: What are your assets? Who are your heirs? How does your plan vary from others? How can you enact your plan? Attorney Kimberly Jean Brown of Legacy Complete will be available to answer any questions you may have to simplify your estate plan.

Date/Time: Monday, March 16, 6:00pm

Location (North): Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave, 60659

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Basement Flooding Part I: Understanding Your Sewers

Wade through the basics of understanding your sewer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). Join us and David St. Pierre, Executive Director of MWRD, for an overview of the combined sewer systems in the Chicago area, how they operate during rainstorms, and how this impacts you. Why do basements flood during heavy rains? What causes sewer backups? Most importantly, learn what you can do to help prevent sewer backups, and what the City and MWRD are doing to address these issues.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 3, 6:00pm

Location (North): Northtown Library, 6435 N California Ave, 60645

Date/Time: Monday, March 23, 6:00pm

Location (South): Vodak-East Side Library, 3710 E 106th St, 60617

Date/Time: Monday, April 13, 6:00pm

Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 22, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

New! Basement Flooding Part II: Reducing Flooding Risks on Your Property

As a follow up to Basement Flooding Part I: Understanding Your Sewers, join Ryan Wilson of Elevate Energy/CNT’s Rain Ready for an in depth exploration of the causes of flooding on your property and things you can do to help reduce basement flooding issues. This seminar will address areasboth inside and outside of your hometo help reduce flooding and sewer backups. Topics will include “how to’s” on disconnecting your downspout, installing a rain barrel, and planting a rain garden.

Date/Time: Monday, March 9, 6:00pm

Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Monday, March 30, 6:00pm

Location (South): Vodak-East Side Library, 3710 E 106th St, 60617

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 14, 6:00pm

Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30pm

Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Dont Trash That Sash: Window Repair

Join Julie Liska of Liska Architects to learn about why you should love your original wood windows! Learn about materials, history, and restoration techniques for those double sashed beauties. Julie will also shed light on some misconceptions about new windows and explain how repairing and restoring your sashes can save both energy and money.

Date/Time: Monday, May 4, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm

Location (North): Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse, 2500 W Lunt Ave, 60645

New! Bungalow Curb Appeal: Landscaping

Does your front yard look tired and old? Does the landscape need a pick-me up and a bit of pop? Join Prairie Godmothers to show you how to improve your garden spaces by reframing the space, adding show-stopping plants and shrubs and improving your soil. Meet plants that embody the look and feel of your bungalow and are easy to care for as well.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 20, 6:00pm

Location (South): Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th St, 60643

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 26, 6:30pm

Location (North): Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N Long Ave, 60641

Working With An Architect

Hear from residential architectural specialists of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago about choosing an architect, navigating zoning and permit regulations, budgets and realistic payback periods for “green” improvements. Learn how to define environmental goals for your vintage home, what resources are available, and understand steps involved in design and construction. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect, so bring your photos!

Date/Time: Monday, May 18, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 3, 6:00pm

Location (North): Mayfair Library, 4400 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

New! Expanding Spaces: Basements

Julie Liska, of Liska Architects will review how to best use that unfinished basement space in your bungalow or vintage home to maximize your living and storage space potential. Her presentation will include related building codes, structural and heating/cooling issues for new basement space, water infiltration management as well as considerations for bungalow aesthetics when altering the footprint of your home.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 4, 6:00pm

Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 9, 6:30pm

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Potential Ruling By Supreme Court May Cause Significant Change With Disparate Impact and Housing; States TenantScreeningUSA.com


Waltham, MA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015

Disparate Impact is a complicated issue and with the recent involvement by the Supreme Court will continue to be a challenge within the housing market. The issue at hand involves Texas Department and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project (Docket No. 13-1371) (2), which involves the language and manner in which disparate impact is used in protecting the rights of minorities as related to housing.

From TheWashingtonPost.com (Jan. 21, 15):

The case poses a fundamental question about the power of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of race in housing decisions: Does the law prohibit only intentional discrimination, or does it also apply to seemingly race-neutral policies that still have the effect of harming minorities? (3)

Regardless of the outcome, change will occur. The elimination of the disparate impact theory will allow low-income housing without concern of location. That is, low-cost housing could, potentially, continue to be built in low-income neighborhoods. If the theory of disparate impact is upheld lawsuits pressing for low-cost housing to be built in a broader array of neighborhoods including high-dollar ones will continue.

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: Actions such as the one by the Supreme Court point to the continued focus on housing and, subsequently, renting policies. Without the skill and legal expertise of third-party tenant screening companies, landlords and property managers may not have the information they need to conduct business in a legal and lawful manner.

Legal experts across the country have weighed in on the potential outcome of the Supreme Courts action. HousingWire.com asked Mike Skojec, partner at BallardSpahr his opinion. One noted area concerned screening of tenants.

From HousingWire.com (Jan. 20, 15):

However, the substantial increase in the use of the theory by advocacy groups and HUD for many kinds of claims for which it should not be used, such as how risk is evaluated in selling property insurance or how management companies screen the risk of criminal conduct and other bad acts by possible tenants, has caused the theory to be attacked and probably struck down. (4)

Almeida states: Disparate impact is at the core of recent challenges to the legitimate and legal use of criminal histories. The use of criminal histories as part of the tenant background checks process has not yet been significantly challenged but based on Supreme Court actions over disparate impact and recent ban-the-box legislation, it is only a matter of time.

For landlords and property managers the question of disparate impact will continue. Further, the legal challenge over the lawful use of criminal histories will linger. TenantScreeningUSA.com strongly urges all landlords and property managers to work with third-party tenant screening companies to remain fully compliant and knowledgeable of legal proceedings affecting the rental industry.

TenantScreeningUSA.com is a third-party tenant screening company that provides clients with the most current and accurate legal information regarding the fair and lawful use of public records, such as criminal history. Highly trained representatives can assist landlords and property managers with setting up a legally compliant tenant screening program.

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Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman – I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) [From "the Jungle Book"]


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Exari Systems Completes Record Year in 2014

BOSTON, MA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015

Exari, the leader in cloud-based contract lifecycle management software, delivered a record year in customer bookings, revenue and employee growth. Exari continues to expand its offerings of market-leading solutions, driving more value for corporate legal departments and multinational law firms than ever before. New customers span a number of key industries, including banking, capital markets, insurance and high tech firms.

Total bookings growth in 2014 was driven by strong international demand from new customers and significant expansion at existing customers. Exari solutions are used by thousands of users worldwide to manage millions of contracts every year.


New customers include Miller Insurance Services LLP, a worldwide leader in insurance products and services. Miller selected Exari to automate the Slip generation process, using Exari software to generate all their business documents. Using Exari’s unique features, including the Clause Library, will improve accuracy and speed of response while enabling Miller to deliver rich XML data to Underwriters as required.

Exari significantly enhanced the value received by customers with upgrades to both its market-leading document automation and contract management software.

Exari DocGen now includes:

The ability to eliminate manual data entry errors and enhance decision making with Exaris new RoundTriptm functionality.
Exari DocGen can accelerate negotiations and improve contract portfolio value by sharing best of breed clauses in the new Core Clause Library.
Customers can also protect their brand by ensuring all outward facing documents are high quality with DocGens Enhanced Document Embedding.

Exari Contracts:

Helps customers increase quarterly close rates with the Word Negotiator Ribbon, which automates important negotation tasks.
The latest version can eliminate major contract portfolio risks and increase company value with rapid, out of the box visibility.
Compliance failure can be prevented via Configurable Actions which provides granular control over who has access to which documents.
Finally, Exari Contracts can help close deals more quickly with complete DocuSign integration to reduce the risk of last minute rogue edits.

Exaris dramatic growth in 2014 is a testament to the value we are bringing customers every day, said CEO Bill Hewitt. We will continue to invest so we can expand the value proposition and keep delivering new and enhanced solutions that will raise the bar for the entire industry.

For more information on how Exari Contract Lifecycle Management software is making business users and legal professionals more productive, visit http://www.exari.com.

About Exari

Exari (http://www.exari.com) is a global leader in cloud-based Contract Lifecycle Management solutions. Used worldwide by legal, sales, insurance, investment banking, and government professionals, Exari solutions improve visibility into contract data and reduces costs, cycle time and risk. Exari solutions are used by thousands of users to manage millions of contracts worldwide.







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Modern Drama Meets Baltimore History At The Enoch Pratt House


BALTIMORE (PRWEB) February 12, 2015

When Enoch Pratt lived at this fashionable Monument Street address, never in his dreams could he envision that one day, a group of avant-garde theater performers would help to revive it, says Maryland Historical Society President Burt Kummerow. Closed to the public for over a decade, the Enoch Pratt House (201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201) will temporarily re-open in March, 2015, as the venue for The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe, an immersive theater project. Thanks to the generous support of PNC, the building, which is listed on the National Register as part of the Mount Vernon Place National Historic Landmark District, will serve as a temporary setting for the performance.

As a leading supporter of Baltimores cultural and arts organizations, PNC is proud to partner with the Maryland Historical Society to reopen the doors of the Enoch Pratt House and give a new generation access to one of Baltimores cultural gems, said Will Backstrom, PNC Client & Community Relations Director. With its rich history, it is the perfect venue to host innovative arts projects that will enrich the Baltimore community.

The buildings revival during the next few years as an innovative education and arts center illustrates the connection between Baltimores rapidly growing theater scene and the revitalization of some of the citys most historic spaces. Its location could not be more ideal, says Kummerow. The Houses Monument Street address is on a main corridor between the Mount Vernon Cultural District and the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, two neighborhoods known for stunning 19th century architecture and a rapidly growing theater community. It is located at the edge of an entire block devoted to preserving and interpreting Marylands 400-year history!

Mesmeric Revelations is a new, interpretive artwork created by a collective of Baltimore performers and artists assembled by Glenn Ricci, a recipient of a 2014 Rubys artist project grant given by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. The performance features six characters representing both real-life and fictional inhabitants of Edgar Allan Poes life. Dramatic highlights will unfold on the first floor of the Pratt House and include representations of mesmerization, a ballroom scene, and a s

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New Data Backup Marketing Kit Helps IT Companies Sell More Cloud Services

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) February 10, 2015

MailerMailer is pleased to announce the release of its latest marketing kit to help small IT companies leverage pre-written educational content to sell more cloud services. The Data Backup Marketing Kit includes an assortment of material that companies can use to generate leads quickly. The content in the kit showcases the importance of data backup and the value of cloud computing.

The marketing kit includes:


An 11-page white paper entitled What You Should Know About Cloud-Based Data Backup

A 19-slide PowerPoint presentation on the benefits of a cloud-based data backup plan

A collection of presenter-friendly scripts that are geared for use at seminars and speaking engagements

Materials for distributing to potential clients at an event or as follow-ups to proposals. These include an easy-to-read infographic and 7 short articles on specific topics in the field of data backup

An instructional video describing how to best use the marketing kit (http://youtu.be/qZbNWYT7Psg)

Companies can utilize these resources to position themselves as trusted experts in the IT industry. The original PowerPoint and Word files are included in the kit, so organizations can customize them with their logos and business information. This makes marketing much easier for IT companies who do not have time to produce their own educational marketing content.

The Data Backup Marketing Kit is available as part of a monthly subscription to Presstacular, which enables companies to create their blog and newsletter instantly using a library of pre-written articles that they can edit. Visit http://www.presstacular.com to schedule a free demonstration of this groundbreaking service.

About MailerMailer

The cloud-based data backup marketing kit is the latest in a series of similar releases from MailerMailer.

Through these publications, the Rockville, Maryland-based company has become a leading source of content and tools to help small IT companies generate more business.

Founded by Raj Khera and Vick Khera in 2001, MailerMailer offers an award-winning email marketing service. The company’s cutting-edge system and easy-to-use interface let clients create professional newsletters in a matter of minutes. Clients can track these email marketing campaigns by using any number of the data analysis tools provided by the company. A free trial of this service is available now at http://www.mailermailer.com.

MailerMailer also offers Presstacular. Using this product, email marketers can tap into a library of articles on a range of IT subjects. Clients can use this content in their newsletters and blogs.

For more information about MailerMailer, Presstacular, email marketing, or marketing kits on IT topics, please contact:

Allison Smith

Phone: 301-825-5658

Email: allison(at)mailermailer(dot)com

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